With this being a down year, talent-wise, in Mississippi as far as offensive linemen are concerned, Mississippi State is looking nation-wide for offensive linemen. One that they have already offered is Jim Hart.
"I have offers from Mississippi State and Arkansas State," said Hart. "I'm also talking to Duke, Arkansas and (assistant) Coach Caldwell from Tennessee. And Indiana has called (my coach) a couple of times, but I haven't had a chance to talk to them. We talked about an offer, but they haven't come through, yet."
With an offer from Mississippi State on the table, Hart has plans on visiting them very soon.
"I am going to camps at Mississippi State and Fayetteville (Arkansas) in the next three weeks, for sure."
And he definitely has an idea what he will be looking for.
"I want to see how everything is, the coaches, the atmosphere, and see how the program is," said the 6-7, 295-pounder.
Mississippi State appears to be a team that he is very interested in. Which teams have made his early list of favorites?
"Arkansas, Mississippi State, Duke, Tennessee and ASU (Arkansas State) would probably be the top ones in the running right now," he said. "They are all good programs with good academics."
What has drawn him to Mississippi State?
"I really like the coaches," said Hart. "(MSU offensive line) Coach Grimes is a cool man. I like him a lot. (MSU head) Coach Croom is a cool guy. I met Coach Croom the first time when I was there (at the MSU spring football game). My mom, my step-dad and I talked to him."
Since so many players are committing early this recruiting season, I asked him if he has an idea when he will commit?
"I haven't set a timeframe, because I'm still open," said the 17-year old. "But, I don't think I want to prolong the process. Hopefully, I can do something during the season."
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